World Coronavirus News: 76,544 cases in Germany - More than...

Coronavirus News: 76,544 cases in Germany – More than 850 dead

  • The Coronavirus pandemic is spreading worldwide
  • The federal and state governments want to extend the existing contact restrictions at least until the end of the Easter holidays
  • According to our research, more than 76,500 people in Germany have been infected with the corona virus, almost 19,000 have recovered, and more than 850 have died
  • According to Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil, 470,000 companies in Germany have registered short-time work
  • According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, 45 percent of intensive care beds in Germany are free for coronavirus patients
  • Because of the corona crisis Wimbledon is canceled for the first time since World War II
  • Italy is the most affected country in the world with around 15,700 coronavirus deaths
  • Spain reported more than 800 deaths within 24 hours for several days in a row


Berlin. The Coronavirus pandemic appears to be in spite of the contact and Curfews continue to expand unchecked. Around 880,000 infections have now been detected worldwide and around 44,000 people have died. In Europe alone, more than 32,000 people are affected by the coronavirus Lung disease Covid-19 died – that’s almost three quarters of the world’s reported deaths.



While Europe has the greatest number of deaths, US health authorities report the highest number of infections by far – more than twice as many as China officially counted: Tests showed that around 190,000 people were infected with the corona virus. To date, more than 4,000 people have died in America.



While in Germany the number of infected continues to rise steeply – on Wednesday morning, according to our research, it was almost 76,500 people – the number of coronavirus deaths, at over 850, is significantly lower than in other countries with comparable infection numbers. This could be due to the fact that the number of unreported infections in Germany is not quite as high as in other countries, explains RKI boss Lothar Wieler – because a lot of tests are carried out in comparison.

Our Map shows the spread of the corona virus in Germany, Europe and the world:

All important developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic in our News blog:

Wednesday, April 1: Lufthansa registers short-time work for two thirds of the world’s employees

10.15 p.m .: The UN climate conference is postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The British government announced on Wednesday evening. The conference was supposed to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November.

21.08 p.m .: In the US, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases the brand of 200,000 exceeded. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 203,000 cases of infection have been reported by Wednesday. According to this, there are already more than 4,400 deaths. The threshold of 100,000 infections was exceeded last Friday, which means that the number has doubled within five days.

The United States is now by far the country with the most confirmed infections worldwide. However, this is mainly due to the fact that extensive testing is now being carried out in the USA.

8.40 p.m .: Of the defense of Constitution warned that right-wing extremists Corona crisis misuse for their purposes. The virus has “great attention in the right-wing extremist scene,” said Thomas Haldenwang, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the weekly newspaper “Die Zeit”.

The pandemic is being used as an opportunity to undermine confidence in the federal government, “to spread conspiracy theories and to brand migrants as carriers of the virus”. “At the same time, doom scenarios are being designed to generate approval for radical and extremist positions.”

Haldenwang emphasized that the constitutional protection authorities had such activities closely in view. The FDP member of the Bundestag Benjamin Strasser called for a central defense center against disinformation at the Federal Ministry of the Interior. “These extremists take every opportunity to sow hatred and fight the democratic state,” he told the German Press Agency on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: WHO proposes debt relief for poorer countries

8:36 pm: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked for debt relief for poorer countries to help them deal with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. “We have to stand together to fight this unknown and dangerous virus,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on Wednesday.

“Although there are relatively few confirmed infections with the virus that Covid-19 can cause in Africa, Central and South America, we are aware that Covid-19 could have serious social, economic and political ramifications for these regions,” said the WHO chief. However, countries should also be able to test people there, isolate infected people and monitor contacts of infected people.

8.07pm:
Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin cleared the way for massive restrictions on public life in Russia. The president signed several laws on Wednesday evening, including a government mandate to impose a state of emergency across the country.

Putin’s signature also brought into force the laws passed by Parliament on the previous day for tougher punishments for violations of the quarantine regulations and the spread of false news. Large fines and prison terms are now possible. Putin said at a government meeting organized as a video conference that the situation around the corona virus is getting worse in Russia.

19.55 p.m .: Management boards and supervisory boards of the car manufacturer Daimler will forego some of their money this year due to the coronavirus crisis. The senior executives will also be one Part of their income cut, as can be seen from an internal letter from Wednesday, which is available to the German Press Agency.

The board members therefore receive a 20 percent reduction in basic remuneration for the nine months to the end of the year. The supervisory board also waived 20 percent. Managers of the top three levels had also agreed with their representatives on a ten percent cut for the next three months.

6.50 p.m .: The air force is on Wednesday for another flight to Bergamo started to fly Italians seriously ill with Covid-19 to Germany for treatment. With the flight of the Airbus A310 MedEvac six intensive care patients should follow Cologne An air force spokesman said in Berlin on Wednesday. They are said to be treated in civilian hospitals.

In the late afternoon the special machine met with the six patients at Cologne-Bonn Airport. From there they would be distributed to six Catholic hospitals in Cologne and Erftstadt, the Archdiocese of Cologne explained. Intensive beds for the patients are prepared.

6:36 pm: Given the huge need due to the Corona crisis Protective masks can exceptionally be reused for medical staff under certain conditions. The Health and Labor Ministry announced after a meeting of the Federal Government’s crisis team on Wednesday that special safety requirements had to be met.

If not enough personal protective gear is present, a method is thus possible in which masks can be assigned to a person and decontaminated by heating. In particular, respirators with a filter function could be reprocessed a maximum of three times.

Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) and Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD) said that a safe solution for possible delivery bottlenecks had been found quickly and with foresight. At the same time, every effort would be made to order sufficient new protective masks on the world market. Protecting health and care staff is a top priority.

Corona virus: For the time being, no obligation to wear a mask in Germany

18.33 p.m .: The Netherlands have set up a Aid fund for EU countries such as Italy and Spain, which are particularly hard hit by the corona pandemic. “The Netherlands want to make a substantial contribution to this,” said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday, according to the ANP news agency in the parliament in The Hague. The Netherlands would submit a corresponding proposal to the EU Commission and the member states. Accordingly, economically weaker countries should receive money from the aid fund to finance their healthcare that they would not have to pay back.

Also France strikes a new one EU rescue fund in front. This facility could be limited to five or ten years and, above all, aimed at economic recovery. This was made clear by Economics and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Wednesday in the online edition of the British daily “The Financial Times”. The statements made by Le Maire were confirmed by his ministry.

6:04 pm: One of the plans for the resumption of the cycling season in the wake of the Corona crisis is clear Postponement of the Tour de France on. The world association UCI and the teams have therefore agreed that it is of the utmost importance to hold the tour of France. Otherwise, several teams would face significant financial problems.

According to UCI Vice President Renato Di Rocco come three possible dates considered for the restart of the season: July 1st, July 15th or August 1st. Di Rocco saw this through several Italian media. According to this, the drivers should then be given a 30-day preparation time with smaller races. The tour could then begin, possibly in August.

5.47 p.m .: A Obligation to wear a mask should not currently exist in Germany because of the Corona crisis. The federal and state governments had agreed on this point, said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) in Munich on Wednesday after a conference call between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of state.

Masks are of course suitable for everyone to prepare themselves against the spread of the virus, but a duty should not be called. “It is now important to develop the protective masks with the highest quality and to develop the needs of the hospitals, doctors and nurses accordingly,” said Söder. Procurement must be further intensified. “By the way, we will end up need billions of masks in Germany in the long run,” said Söder.

Angela Merkel sees no end to the restrictions

5:26 pm: In the Corona crisis, the Chancellor poses Angela Merkel no end in sight of the restrictions. “I can not make any statements at this time on how long this will take,” said the CDU politician on Wednesday after telephone discussions with the prime ministers of the countries. The countries had agreed on the restrictions on public life and wanted to end them together when the time came.

Treating heavier Covid 19 cases on average in the intensive care unit is well over two weeks and therefore takes longer than expected. Therefore, it must happen that the number of sick people only doubles every “12, 13, 14 days”, said Merkel. “We want to avoid being overwhelmed,” she said of the health care system. “That is why we can only proceed step by step, from date to date.” The situation should be reassessed on Tuesday after Easter.

“I believe that the people of the country – I hope for that, and I support my expectations on that – understand that and don’t want us to find ourselves in a difficult situation. Especially for the groups that we need special protection – namely the older, the disabled, the pre-ill, ”said Merkel. “And this understanding, I thank you for that. That is what distinguishes our society. Article 1 of our Basic Law is called “Human dignity is inviolable”, and that is lived at the moment, and I am very grateful for that, and we must continue to do so. “

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